I have some exciting news for those of you who were bummed about half of Obscura quitting the band earlier this week. A new band has been formed with the former members!
Drummer Hannes Grossmann announced he is joining some of his former bandmates in a reactivated group, Alkaloid. Other members of the group include Christian Muenzner (ex-Obscura, ex-Necrophagist, Spawn of Possession) and Danny Tunker (Aborted, ex-God Dethroned) on guitars and Linus Klausenitzer (Obscura, Noneuclid) on bass. The band is rounded out on vocals and guitar by classical composer Florian Magnus Maier aka Morean, so this is a lineup of some serious players.
Grossman explains how everything came to be:
"As sad as things have turned out with Obscura, I'm really happy that the songs Christian Muenzner and I had initially written for their next record will find a new home in Alkaloid. However, I don't see Alkaloid as a "tech-death" band, because we just aren't. The music is definitely prog, but in terms of dynamics, song structures, harmonics and rhythms, it's just too diverse to be put into a small sub-genre.
The band was brought to life in 2012 by myself and Florian Magnus Maier, who is by far the best composer I ever worked with. His band Noneuclid had a big impact on the last Obscura record 'Omnivium', on which I contributed the vast majority of the music and arranged all the songs. Generally this is the sort of music we would like to continue with Alkaloid, but make it sound more colorful, more vibrant and way catchier. I'm also happy to have some of my dearest friends on board, such as Christian Muenzner – we make music together for more than 10 years- and Linus Klausenitzer, who is one of my favorite bass players and did a great job on my solo record "The Radial Covenant". Last but not least, we have Danny Tunker as third guitar player, who is just one of the best players I've ever seen. Once we toured with him – he was playing for Spawn Of Possession – I saw him learning two Obscura songs in about an hour, playing them flawless. Never seen a talent like him before."
While the band is in the studio currently working on new material, we shouldn't expect anything until early 2015, which, on the bright side, will still be sooner than the next Necrophagist album.